It’s rainy and windy, and just generally gross outside – but fear not! Here are six of my favourite comforting delights to get you through the rest of these miserable April showers (and the inevitable rainy days ahead). Hang in there friends…
“Dirty and delicious”
Irish Heather Shebeen: A pint and a pile of curry chips
There’s always a cozy nook to sit down in here. Take the weight off the floor and dig into a basket of fries topped with a bastardized by-product of British colonialism, perfectly paired with a creamy pint of Guinness…and maybe even a splash of whisk(e)y for dessert.
“A lazy afternoon inside”
Bun Cha Ca Hoang Yen: The Number 23 (Bún Riêu Special – Crab Soup with Vermicelli)
That special crab soup with prawns, tofu, ham and pork leg will sort you right out if you’ve got the ‘Raincouver’ blues. It’s a fat-slicked and cloudy broth chockfull of herbs and green onion that only increases in intensity as you work your way to the bottom.
“Proper pizza and killer vibes”
AJ’s Brooklyn Pizza Joint: The bar pie
A sleeper item on a menu that’s taken the Vancouver pizza game to a whole new level. That wafer thin, crispy little pizza paired with a frosty beer and a play-off hockey game is going to make you forget all about the soggy conditions outside.
“A sweet reward”
Honey Doughnuts & Goodies: THE honey doughnut
Purists might argue it’s not a real doughnut, but I don’t care. It’s all that is good in the universe, and my personal favourite iteration (with a hot-off-the-line Krispy Kreme being a close runner-up). Bonus points if you don your fanciest Arcteryx jacket and brave the treacherous four-kilometre journey to Quarry Rock and back – all whilst weaving through lost tourists and influencers (selfie included).
“Choose your own adventure”
Crystal Mall Food Court: As much as your stomach can handle
Take a mitt-full of cash and head to probably the greatest local food court you’ll ever encounter. I’ve been exploring this sprawling portal into Asia for years and still feel I’ve yet to uncover its mysteries. All I know for certain is that I show up hungry and always leave happy (and also sticky).
“Fill your boots”
Say Hey Cafe & Deli: It’s all good!
What’s not to love about this little hole-in-the-wall sandwich shop? Say Hey really takes their time to step up the humble hoagie into something special. Coupled with a piece of rainbow-sprinkle-adorned cake, it’s guaranteed to sort you out when that lack of vitamin D kicks in.